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Fisker Insinuates Customer to Blame for Karma Fire

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Fisker Automotive has implied that the Texas owner of one of its Karma models committed “fraud” or “malicious intent” in blaming the luxury electric vehicle for his garage fire last week, after he had to rescue his wife, mother and child from flames that spread quickly to his house.

The company’s claim could be a fatal public relations move, as the chief investigator in Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office, Robert Baker, has also blamed the fire on the Karma. Fisker, recipient of $193 million (out of a $529 million total guarantee) loan backed by taxpayers via the Department of Energy, has suffered a series of publicity blunders including two recalls, a Karma breakdown at Consumer Reports’ test facility, a SEC investigationof its primary venture capital raisers, layoffs, and a cutoff of its loan by DOE.

According to a report by Autoweek, the fire started shortly after the owner, Jeremy Gutierrez, parked the Karma in his garage. Gutierrez left the vehicle, which he had purchased in April, without plugging it in. Within minutes he reportedly smelled burning rubber.

“Yes, the Karma was the origin of the fire, but what exactly caused that we don’t know at this time,” said Baker, adding, “This looks just like golf cart fires we have down here.” Apparently the Houston area has several each year.

Nevertheless, Fisker provided a statement to Autoweek that suggested fireworks or an electrical panel as possible fire sources, but also cast aspersions on Gutierrez.

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  1. cfm990

    May 12th, 2012

    A little advice for ya, Fisker. The last thing you want to do, is start blowing smoke. Fisk Fu*king a customer, is bad public relations.

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  2. Cruisin' Cat

    May 12th, 2012

    Looks like bad Karma to me…

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  3. Harrison

    May 12th, 2012

    This is nothing new. Tesla blamed the customer for “bricking” their electric car because the battery ran down and was rendered useless.

    It should be noted that Al Gore is an investor in Fisker and Joe Biden recently opened a Fisker plant in Delaware and said this:

    “I refuse to believe that we will not once again lead the entire world in the manufacturing of automobiles. This factory in Delaware, and the industry, are going to get back up off the mat.”

    http://capitolcommentary.com/2012/05/11/obama-stimulus-and-al-gore-backed-100000-00-electric-car-fisker-karma-catches-fire-almost-burns-down-house/

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  4. squatch

    May 12th, 2012

    Where there’s smoke, there’s ________

    A) Fire
    B) A Chevy Volt
    C) A Fisker Karma
    D) President Obama sneaking a cig behind AF1
    E) All of the above

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  5. Nutjob

    May 12th, 2012

    Fisker is blaming its customer, but just yesterday the US POstal Service announced you can no longer ship lithium ion batteries, ipods, iphones, ipads or any other device with lithium ion batteries.

    Maybe Fisker should tell the Post office any fires, explosions, or combustion caused by these batteries is the post offices fault, and that they shouldn’t have so much mail or paper products lieing around.

    Good thing safety is Fiskers top priority.

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  6. Nutjob

    May 12th, 2012

    On a 2nd note, if Al Gore does have a vested interest, I hope the plant burns down and the cause is its safe lithium ion batteries.

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  7. Extirpates

    May 12th, 2012

    A closer examination reveals that Fisker is correct! If the customer had not purchased the vehicle and treated it like a car and drove it home, the unfortunate ensuing events of fires would not have transpired.
    Therefore, the customer is clearly to blame for making bad choices.

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  8. Rides A Pale Horse

    May 12th, 2012

    Well, in reality it WAS the customers fault.

    After all, he DID buy the fucking thing didn’t he?

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  9. Nutjob

    May 12th, 2012

    Yeah but Obama told people to buy electric cars and gave grants for them…..so its the gubments fault.

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  10. Milwaukee Mike

    May 12th, 2012

    I blame Bush

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  11. Tim

    May 12th, 2012

    Gutierrez was dumb enough to buy an electric car – so Fisker may be able to reasonably imply that he did something else stupid.

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  12. Screwy Puppy

    May 12th, 2012

    It sounds like the investigation itself to prove fault could end up costing more than settling the claim.

    Have the investigators examined a Karma that has not burned to crisp to look for what caused the fire?

    We are doomed by govy regs.

    http://screwypuppy.blogspot.com/2012/05/hybrid-intelligence.html

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  13. terry h

    May 12th, 2012

    MOTHER FISKER!

    auto-eroticelectric asphixiimmolation

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  14. Nutjob

    May 12th, 2012

    If the greenies would get off of their battery and plastic car fixation we could already be off of foreign oil.

    Know how many barrels of oil its going to take to make another 1 or how many polar bears that are going to die now?

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  15. TooMuchTime

    May 12th, 2012

    Looks like it’s time for another song parody:

    ♪♫ Burn, baby, burn. Fisker Inferno! ♪♫

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